We arrived Monday morning into Brussels Airport, rented the car, got some coffee (I had tea), then drove into the city to our hotel for the night, which kindly allowed to check in even though it wasn't yet noon. We were up on the 6th floor and had a beautiful view out the balcony windows:
**Lots more pictures after the break**
Because we didn't sleep much on the plane, we were all exhausted.
There was a very cute park very close to the hotel for walking the dogs, but I didn't bring my camera to that one. After we got back from that we decided to take a short nap since every time we sat down we got sleepy.
|We all felt the same way....|
We headed out with the dogs, and walked down to the parks by the Royal Palace, which is called the Parc de Bruxelles Warandepark. This is not an extensively huge park, but it is very pretty, with beautiful paths.
|No Jogging on the grass so it stays pretty!|
|Straight as an arrow pathways.|
|Close up of the trees/vines. We saw these in several places, they are pretty but very strange - they use branches and sticks to create the grid pattern.|
|The gates are very reminiscent of Buckingham Palace|
|The fence is not that extreme because the royal family doesn't live here any longer.|
From here we went out the side of the Park and passed some interesting statues and fountains. None of the inscriptions are in English, so I don't know what they are!
|View from the park exit|
|Lots of pretty fountains like this in random places|
|Dude on a horse!|
After that we grabbed some food at a local vendor and walked back to the hotel to nap some more, take a short walk for the dogs, ate dinner at a local restaurant, then slept all night and into the morning! I'll post pics from Day 2 later on (much smaller amount!)